Global Challenge

Take a Global Challenge with a once in a life time, funded summer internships with top international organisations!

Open to undergraduate students of all years, including finalists, these are exclusive internship opportunities only for University of Birmingham students.

Global Challenge is now closed and will re-open in spring 2019 for summer internships in the same year. Register your interest in the programme by completing a short online form and we can contact you with updates once the programme opens. 

What do we offer?

The Global Challenge scheme will give ambitious students the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a top global company. We are offering:

  • Opportunities during summer vacation, sourced for you by the University
  • Bursaries to support in covering flights, accommodation and living costs
  • Pre-departure training and information from the International Office

Case studies of previous Global Challenge candidates

Find out what previous successful candidates from the Global Challenge thought of their experiences in these five case studies:

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If you are considering applying for a Global Challenge opportunity, you are encouraged to consult the guidance linked below - please note closing dates for opportunities can differ, so please refer to the relevant job description for the closing date:

Advance preparations

Thinking of applying for a Global Challenge internship? Why not start to learn a language that would be helpful for an internship now? The University is running 10 week language taster sessions starting in January; further details available at

Would you like to find out more about working abroad? Target Jobs provides a huge amount of information about working in a vast range of countries.

Visas for internships

You may need a visa in order to undertake any of the internships and you will need to research this. If you are asked to attend an interview you will be asked about whether you require a visa so we recommend you research this now. You may find the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website useful. If you are a non-UK applicant, you should refer to your own foreign office website for information on visa requirements.

What do the employers think?

"Celia fitted in seamlessly from the moment she arrived! She was extremely dependable in terms of delivering work, making deadlines as well as attendance. She was extremely motivated, positive and enthusiastic throughout her internship, and was obviously enjoying her stay with us and keen to extract as much as possible out of the experience. Celia was an absolute pleasure to have here at the Museum!" Dr Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator Migration & Cultural Diversity, Melbourne

"Everything was fantastic here with Simeon and Harriet!! They were very pro-active, curious and friendly. We were pleased to have them here." Diego Bernasconi, POC Manager Procurement – Buenos Aires

What do the students think?

"I felt very proud as I could see in some areas I had brought a completely new perspective on some issues which will help them in the future. This internship has showed me that there are many positions available for graduates in different countries and that employers are happy to consider hiring someone from abroad because of the fresh new perspective that they could bring as well as different skills too." - Ayesha Harris, European Politics, Society and Economics with an International study year, Microfinance Intern with Opportunity International.

"I am very sad to leave Chicago, it has been such an amazing experience and I have learnt so much that I can now take forward and apply to future job roles. I have undoubtedly added to both my professional and personal development and I feel well equipped to navigate the often difficult world of the graduate job search." - Sophia Wootton, International Relations and Spanish, intern with the British Consulate in Chicago.